|Review: Demonztrator - Forgotten Acts of Aggression|
|Forgotten Acts of Aggression|
Year released: 2017
Genre: Thrash Metal
Review online: December 9, 2017
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
for:Forgotten Acts of Aggression
Tribute albums are, at least most of the time, hardly interesting or cool releases. I mean, there are so many of them around these days that it simply seems like a quick cash grab effort. Damn this corporate money-orientated society...!
However, there are always a few exceptions out. This Finnish Thrash patrol named Demonztrator, featuring five old farts who have been involved in all kinds of scene activities for years had the brilliant idea to cover songs from the past (but not completely forgotten) Finnish Speed/Thrash Metal scene; bands that managed to make a fair amount of noise during the heydays of the Speed/Thrash Metal movement, or those who never made it.
The chosen 13 bands are The Hirvi, Brainwash, Dementia, Faff-Bey, Terrific Verdict, Dirty Damage, Defection, Protected Illusion, Oppression, Mengele (yes, you read it correctly: Mengele - and they had to change the band name to Wengele for obvious reasons), Charged, National Napalm Syndicate, and last but not least. Airdash.
What I find so great about this cover album, very aptly titled Forgotten Acts of Aggression, is that the band decided to stay as true as possible to the original songs, not rearranging them to fit for their own skills or purpose in any way. You can hear that they have truly put lots of their time and effort into this, with a fair Demonztrator twist to add a little more aggression and perhaps a bit faster even. They do a great job, treating some of these 'classic' gems in a respectable way, taking some of us on a trip down memory lane. And for the others, this gives a good insight into the Finnish Speed/Thrash scene of some 30 years ago.
In a nutshell, Forgotten Acts of Aggression is a wonderful map to the past Finnish underground Speed/Thrash Metal scene, so check it out if you are curious about which bands ruled in Finland back in the late eighties/early nineties. The album is available digitally only through Amazon, Spotify, and Google Play (also remember to go to the band's official Facebook page to get the booklet).
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